Vintage, a yellow gold manual wind wristwatch
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Founded in Geneva in 1755 by Jean-Marc Vacheron, the traditional luxury watch manufacturer Vacheron Constantin has its origins in the circles of the Geneva Cabinotiers. The "Cabinotiers" worked in the light-flooded "Cabinets" just below the rooftops of the Geneva district of Saint-Gervais and refined the blanks. Down to the present day, the "Atelier Cabinotiers" have produced watches to the highest standards. Vacheron Constantin is the world's oldest watch manufactory, which has been continuously producing since then. From the beginning, Constantin Vacheron produced high-quality custom-made pocket watches for his customers, among them mostly nobles and kings like Louis XIV, Czar Alexander II and the Czarina, the Maharajah of Patiala and the New York banker Henry Graves Jr. However, with the French Revolution in 1789, demand collapsed and the Geneva manufacture had a great deal of effort to keep its business alive. François Constantin joined Vacheron's descendants and opened shops in Europe and the USA under the motto "Faire mieux si possible, ce qui est toujours possible." Since then, the company has been renamed Vacheron & Constantin.
This vintage yellow gold manual wind wristwatch features a watch case in a unique oval shape connected with a smooth curve to the bracelet. 18K yellow gold case with marquise-cut diamond set, pave-diamond dial, with manual wind movement. 18K yellow gold bracelet with marquise-cut diamond set.
The watch is in overall good condition. All diamonds are intact. Case is in good condition with surface wear. Bracelet has signs of stretch, scratches and surface wear throughout commensurate with age. Buckle is in good condition. Dial is in overall good condition throughout commensurate with age. The case back with signs of wear throughout. The movement is running at the time of cataloging, however, it was not tested for the accuracy of time or duration of the power reserve and may need service at the buyer's discretion. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement.
Case Size (mm)
Fits a wrist size of 5.5-6 inches or smaller.
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